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Rutherfordton Historic Walking Tour

Rutherfordton has a long and rich history full of intrigue, mystery and of course, gold. Many of the downtown buildings and homes stand as they did close to 200 years ago, and now you can tour them as you stroll through the streets of Rutherfordton and explore:

  • The home of Christopher Bechtler; jeweler, gunsmith and minter of currency once preferred over that of the U.S. Mint.
  • The path of the Overmountain Men on their way to the battle of Kings Mountain.
  • The only remaining cluster of antebellum homes in the southern foothills of North Carolina.
  • The final resting place of Civil War soldiers.

 

Can't get enough? You're in luck, this entire tour is available online with additional pictures and extended history about each point of interest. You can even follow along as you walk, using your smartphone to scan the QR code on the plaque in front of each property.

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View the Rutherfordton Trails Historic Walking Tour map.

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Rutherford Town Hall

ADDRESS: 129 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

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Welcome to Downtown Rutherfordton. Rutherfordton was founded in 1787 and we are very proud of our historic town! On this tour you will travel about 2 miles on foot but hundreds of years in rich history. From Rutherfordton Town Hall, follow Main Street to St. Francis Church and the City Cemetery (0.7 mile). Return via 6th Street and North Washington Street to the Main Street Park on 1st Street. Along the way there are restaurants, shops, and galleries as well as heritage exhibits in the Rutherford County Office Building and the historic Bechtler House on 6th Street where you will find information about the Bechtler Mint site and many other county attractions.


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Norris Public Library

Norris Public Library

ADDRESS: 132 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The Norris Public Library was designed by noted Charlotte architect Louis H. Asbury. It opened in 1934.

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Woodrow Jones Building

Woodrow Jones Building

ADDRESS: 146 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Built as a post office in 1930, the Georgian-Revival federal building was renamed in 2000 to honor Woodrow Wilson Jones, a native of Rutherford County who served in Congress and was appointed as a federal judge.

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Old Court House (not standing)

Old Court House (not standing)

ADDRESS : 160 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The Court House (with the white columns) was built in 1836. It burned in 1907. The two-story brick building next to it was once an Opera House.

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Hills Hardware and General Store

Hills Hardware & General Store

ADDRESS: 184 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Part of the Hill's Hardware building was once the Southern Hotel.

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Rutherford County Court House

Rutherford County Court House

ADDRESS: 229 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The current Court House, completed in 1926, was designed by Louis H. Asbury. The Confederate Memorial on the Court House lawn was dedicated in 1910.

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Carrier Houses

Carrier Houses

ADDRESS: 249 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Harvey Carrier built two homes for his family. The older home (6A) was built about 1835 in the Federal style. The shingled gables and sawn work were added after the Civil War. The second house (6B) was built for Carrier's daughter in 1879. The Carrier Houses are now a bed and breakfast inn.

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First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

ADDRESS : 246 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The congregation of First Baptist Church was organized in 1851. The current Classic Revival church building was built in the early 1920s.

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Cliffside United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

ADDRESS: 264 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The First United Methodist Church completed a frame church on Main Street in 1878. The current brick church dates to 1925.

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St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Episcopal Church

ADDRESS: 316 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

St. John's Episcopal Church (1848) is now owned by the Rutherford County Historical Society.

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Overlooking the historic town of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

Overmountain Men

ADDRESS: 100-102 GREEN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

In 1780, the volunteer "Overmountain Men" followed Cleghorn Creek in their pursuit of loyalist troops under Col. Patrick Ferguson. The colonial victory at King's Mountain was a turning point in the American Revolution.

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St. Francis Episcopal Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church

ADDRESS: 408 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

St. Francis Episcopal Church was built in 1899 by Col. Franklin Coxe as a memorial for his parents. It is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture. Several Tiffany windows were added in the 1930s.

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Rutherfordton Cemetery

Rutherfordton Cemetery

ADDRESS: CEMETARY ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Follow the sidewalk through the Coxe family graveyard to the Rutherfordton Cemetery. The earliest legible headstones date to the 1830s.

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Holly Hill

Holly Hill

ADDRESS: 329 N MAIN ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The private Holly Hill residence dates to the 1830s. It is a fine example of Greek Revival style.

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Home of Christopher Bechtler

Christopher Bechtler House

ADDRESS: 130 W 6TH ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The Christopher Bechtler House (1838). Bechtler operated a private mint during the 1830s and minted the nation's first $1 gold coin.

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Cluster of 19th Century Homes

Cluster of 19th Century Homes

ADDRESS: 281 N WASHINGTON ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

A cluster of homes on North Washington showcases 19th century architecture: the late Victorian A. T. Lynch home (15A); the Gothic Revival Rucker-Eaves (15B) built between 1858 and 1870; and the Queen Anne style Hardin-Powers home (15C) which was built in the 1870s.

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Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church

Rutherford Presbyterian Church

ADDRESS: 252 N WASHINGTON ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

The Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church still occupies the site selected in the 1830s. This building dates to 1952. It replaced a frame building from 1877.

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First City Hall / Firehouse Inn

First City Hall / Firehouse Inn

ADDRESS: 134 N WASHINGTON ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Large windows gave light to the second-floor council chambers in the First City Hall which opened in 1925 with room for the fire department on the first floor. The building is now a privately owned inn.

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Cedar Inn

Cedar Inn

ADDRESS: 192 W COURT ST RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Cedar Inn was built before the Civil War and operated continuously as a boarding house until 1986.

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St. Luke's Chapel

ADDRESS: 136 HOSPITAL DR RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Soon after they founded Rutherford Hospital in 1906, the Norris family built St. Luke's Chapel. It is located on Hospital Drive below the Emergency entrance.

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Historic Small Town of Rutherfordton, NC

Rutherfordton-Spindale Middle School

ADDRESS: 545 CHARLOTTE RD RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139...

Rutherfordton-Spindale Middle School on Charlotte Road opened as a high school in 1925. This impressive building overlooks the town from its hilltop location.

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